EEA Meeting 2018 in Peniche

The Portuguese Association for the Study and Conservation of Elasmobranchs (APECE) and the Polytechnic of Leiria (IPLeiria) are delighted to host the 22nd Annual European Elasmobranch Association Meeting from 12-14 October 2018, to be held at the “Escola Superior de Turismo e Tecnologia do Mar” in Peniche, Portugal.

Given the threats faced by cartilaginous fishes all over the World, and in accordance with the EEA’s ethos to bridge scientific evidence and conservation policies, the theme for this year’s meeting is:

“Policy and conservation for a brighter blue future”

We hope to meet you at an inspiring conference where the very best in elasmobranch research will be presented and discussed. This year, the conference will have a kick off session focused on the meeting’s theme, gathering key players for policy and conservation. We are also proud to announce that Dr. Gavin Naylor will be Saturday’s keynote speaker at the conference.

During the event, at the pleasant Peniche’s venue, delegates will be overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the UNESCO natural reserve of the Berlengas, and within walking distance to the centre of Peniche and several beautiful beaches.

Programme overview

Starting on Friday, October 12th and ending on Sunday, October 14th the EEA Meeting 2018 will include a diverse programme of lectures and breakout sessions on key topics in the study of cartilaginous fishes. On Friday evening, delegates will be given the opportunity to attend a very Portuguese ice breaker, close to the venue. The conference dinner and the traditional auction to raise funds for the student bursaries are set for Saturday night.

The EEA 2018 provisional programme is now available!


All delegates must complete an individual registration form. Participants are encouraged to register before October 1st, in order to secure their respective conference kit.

Conference fees include: conference kit, ice breaker on first day, coffee breaks during the entire event and lunch on Saturday. Lunch is available from the school canteen and cafeteria and is paid in the moment. A few nearby cafés offer other alternatives as well.

As always, the EEA rewards student travel bursaries to a limited number of presenting students to help them cover the cost of attending the meeting.

Conference fees Before 31 July 1 August-15 September After 15 September
Student 60 70 80
Non-student (EEA member) 110 130 160
Non-student 130 150 180

The conference dinner will additionally cost € 30. We encourage everyone to attend, especially first time participants, as the event is usually very entertaining. The conference dinner will take place on Saturday the 13th at the Hotel Soleil Peniche. Be sure to bring your shark related items, as we will be auctioning shark-related goodies in our traditional “informal” fashion. All funds from the auction are used to support student travel to scientific meetings.


At the EEA Meeting 2018, oral communications must not go over 12 minutes for presentation and 3 minutes for questions. All presentations should be given in advance to the conference secretariat, and all presenters should check their presentations ahead of time.
Posters must be placed upon arrival in the poster area (please ask the secretariat where it is). Presenting authors are asked to remain close to their poster during coffee-breaks to answer any questions from the participants.

More information on presentation details can be found in the presentation guidelines

How to get to Peniche & find accomodation

Here you get information on how to get to Peniche, find accomodation, and additional information and contacts